02 Jan 2020

The Pentagon Wants AI-Driven Drone Swarms for Search and Rescue Ops

The Defense Department’s central artificial intelligence development effort is planning on building a swarm of AI-equipped drones that can independently track and identify targets. The drone force would primarily be used for search and rescue missions and potentially save lives. The Pentagon’s JAIC issued a request for information recently in

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02 Jan 2020

Proposed FAA Rule Would Kickstart New Economy For IDing Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is planning on proposing a rule to require drone manufacturers to include remote ID tags in all systems. The proposed rule was published on Tuesday, and outlines the process of remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems in hopes of developing a policy for identifying drones

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02 Jan 2020

Ransomware Hackers Have Started Leaking City Of Pensacola Data

Earlier this month, the city of Pensacola, Florida, reported a ransomware attack on the city’s network. The group behind the attack, the Maze Group, threatened to release files obtained in the hack if the$1 million ransom was not paid. A few days ago, a 2GB archive containing data that was

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02 Jan 2020

Microsoft Takes North Korean Hacking Group Thallium to Court

On December 18, Microsoft filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the North Korean cyber espionage and hacking group Thallium. The lawsuit claims that the group broke into Microsoft customers’ accounts via spear-phishing attacks with the goal of obtaining sensitive user information.

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02 Jan 2020

Seoul to install AI cameras for crime detection

Within the next year, the South Korean government plans to install 3,000 artificial intelligence cameras that detect crime in its capital, Seoul. The cameras will utilize AI software that processes the location, time, and behavior patterns of individuals to assess the likelihood of a crime taking place. The cameras’ capabilities

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02 Jan 2020

Change your password: Poloniex cryptocurrency exchange reveals data leak

Cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex has enforced a password reset for all customers after it was impacted by a data leak. However, many users believed that the password reset email was a phishing attempt, where malicious actors send fraudulent emails disguised as legitimate companies to lure victims into submitting login credentials. The

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29 Dec 2019

U.S. strikes in Iraq and Syria target Iranian-backed militia, Pentagon says

The US military announced that it has launched strikes on five facilities in Iraq and Syria allegedly under the control of a militia backed by Iran called Kitaeb Hezbollah. The Pentagon stated on Sunday that the strikes were a result of repeated assaults by the militia and the death of

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29 Dec 2019

Wyze Database Leak Exposes 2.4 Million Smart Device Users

A small security mishap within the Wyze database has lead to the exposure of 40 million individual records, according to IPVM. Wyze offers relatively inexpensive security cameras and smart home devices. The misconfigured database held the information of over 2.4 million customers, and the database was left vulnerable for over

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29 Dec 2019

Russia successfully disconnected from the internet

On Monday, the Russian government announced that they had conducted a series of tests in which the entire country was successfully disconnected from the internet. The tests lasted multiple days and involved government agencies, internet providers, and internet companies. The tests aimed to assess RuNet (Russia’s internet infrastructure) and determine

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20 Dec 2019

U.S. issues more visa bans for Iranians tied to protest repression

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that new visa restrictions will be applied to Iranian officials responsible for the crackdown on anti-government protesters, critiquing Iran’s human rights record. The restrictions will also apply to the family members of those individuals. The ban reinforces previous restrictions imposed on

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